Interfaith Day Of Service Builds Community Spirit

February 16, 2010

Author: Leonel Sanchez

Source: The San Diego Union-Tribune

More than 200 Christians, Muslims, Jews and other faithful from around the county gathered yesterday at Balboa Park to work for a common good. They cleaned up the place.

Along the way, they got to know each other better and drew wisdom from their experiences.

“The differences of our faiths should never be an obstacle in the way of coming together, especially when it comes to helping the environment of our beautiful San Diego,” said Iman Taha Hassane of the Islamic Center of San Diego.

The Rev. Molly Vetter of First United Methodist Church in Mission Valley said the volunteers planted seeds of hope. “There’s tremendous ground we can build on,” she said.

The second annual Day of Service was originally scheduled for January on theMartin Luther King Jr. holiday, but it got rained out. “We decided not to give up. It didn’t dampen our spirits,” said Karen Shein of University City’s Congregation Beth Israel, one of the organizers.